WXD.03: Luv*Jam

November 15, 2012

Third birthday guest Mr Andy Coles aka Luv*Jam mixes up an hour of pure vinyl heat for the Wax’d podcast series. From deep and dreamy to slamming and raw, this one is special.

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Wax’d
Friday 12 October 2012
The Horse & Groom, Shoreditch
9pm – 4am
Free before 10pm / £4/5 after

Ethyl (secretsundaze, Tsuba)
Nick P Warren (Wax’d)

After a short summer hiatus, Wax’d kicks off a new season with a bang by welcoming back one of our favourite guests to date – Ethyl, aka Tim Hopgood.

We’re hugely excited to welcome Tim back after he rocked our little disco to its foundations last November with his deep, hypnotic house vibes. If you weren’t there, check out his excellent recent podcast for Studio R in Berlin for a taste of what to expect:

http://soundcloud.com/ethylmusic/ethyl-studio-r-berlin-14-7-12

Tim has released some outstanding tunes and remixes this year, but as ever it is his exceptional record selection and DJ expertise that made us know we had to ask him back to Wax’d.

As usual, we kick off at 9pm and go through to 4am, so come early and stay late. We’re expecting this one to be busy, so please click attending on this page so we can make sure you’re on the concessions list.

And keep your eyes peeled for a very exciting announcement coming soon about our third birthday party in December.

WXD.01: Juergen Junker

July 4, 2012

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Ahead of his appearance for us at the Horse & Groom on 13th July, Juergen Junker of Laid and Neurhythmics fame has very kindly contributed a slamming half hour live mix to the all-new Wax’d podcast series.

Stream or download the mix here.

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Wax’d
Friday 4 May 2012
The Horse & Groom, Shoreditch
9pm – 4am
Free before 10pm / £4/5 after

Jane Fitz (Night Moves)
Andy Richardson (Wax’d)
Nick P Warren (Wax’d)

Wax’d returns to the Horse & Groom to kick off your bank holiday weekend in style with one of our favourite DJs, none other than Jane Fitz.

Promoter, music journalist and all-round East London underground house hero Jane Fitz has played a huge part in keeping the purist house movement alive and kicking in the Capital for over a decade.

Jane’s legendary PEG parties helped cement the underground deep house sound in London during the late 90s, taking over unused spaces in the Shoreditch wasteland long before every other party was listed as ‘TBA East London’, often stretching a monumental eighteen hours at a time.

She has also gained a lot of well-deserved notoriety through her long running radio show, “DirtySounds” on myhouseyourhouse.net, where you can hear her long, deep eclectic selection, and gain a bit of a house music education in the meantime. In the past few years she has broadcast guest mixes from the likes of Scott Ferguson, Hakim Murphy, Steven Tang and even b2b sessions with Keith Worthy and Jus-Ed.

She’s also a regular guest at the legendary freerotation festival, and a regular over in the States, whether it be New York, Chicago or Detroit, sharing mixing duties with the likes of Delano Smith and Scott Grooves.

We are very excited to welcome Jane to Wax’d and, as ever, we expect this to get busy, so be sure to click ‘attending’ on this page for concessions list.

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This Friday we welcome Miles Sagnia, one of our favourite producers and DJs to Wax’d at the Horse & Groom. Ahead of the party, we caught up with Miles to chat about his influences, his favourite club moments, his plans for the year ahead and much more.

For more information and advance tickets, visit the event page on Resident Advisor.

When did you first realise you wanted to work in the music industry?

Very early on. Music has always ran concurrently with everything else I’ve ever done. It is a passion that has been 100% natural, always been drawn to it, there was never really a certain time where i decided to embark on collecting, performing and writing music, as it has always been there as far back as i can remember.

What artists first influenced your sound?

I have been writing material for a lot longer than i have been releasing it, so with that in mind, a mixture of a few artists off the top of my head from that earlier era that i spent a lot of time listening to, whether it be Albums or otherwise, which influenced me in some way I guess…. Larry Heard, Dan Curtin, Blaze, Nuyorican Soul, Luke Slater, Dave Angel, Stasis, Colin Dale, Dave Clarke, FSOL, System 7, The Black Dog, Photek, Kenny Larkin, 16B, Claude Young, Stephen Brown, Swag, Muzique Tropique, Glenn Underground, DJ Q, Biosphere, Brian Eno, King Tubby & Glenn Brown, Boards of Canada, Nuron, Kirk Degiorgio, you get the picture….

Can you tell us a little about your first experience on the decks and first attempts at producing?

There were many possible situations that could have been my first introduction to mixing with turntables, there were many early moments messing around with friends, who were lucky enough to have acquired them somehow. Come to think of it, it was probably their older siblings equipment and records (if only they knew!) from about 1993, but I do remember writing my first proper track. Up until that point it was spending time on gear familiarization, so just disjointed sounds, noises and drum loops pretty much and half finished compositions. It was a question of getting my small amount of kit up and running with a small mixer and leaving things on loop, while i jammed on the keyboard over the top, playing baselines, stabs, keys etc. All rigged into a Roland JV-2080, which was the main synth I had. It was quite a minimal setup. Think this went on most of the day that I had off at the time, there is a DAT somewhere of it, I had an XV-3080 few years later in about 2000, made it do some things that blew me away. I never bothered with any manuals or tutorials, I just kept mucking about with it till it and everything else made sense. There were some great lost musical moments, frustrating times and silly mistakes, probably stumbling my way through the learning process, but I got there in the end. I taught myself Logic Audio the same way around that time, along with my mate Kirby who approached it in a very methodical manner. Helped to have someone stumbling through the same ‘self taught’ process. 1997 was the year I wrote the first track though.

What was your best party you’ve been to as a punter?

Too many good parties to remember a best ‘moment’ on a dancefloor as a paid up punter, but my best memories of parties are the ones of the warehouse and outdoor party variety, free from constraints of the nightclub environment. There are some special memories of some of those, under the stars, sunrise moments, the way the soundsystem sounds through morning mist, the fresh air enhancing perceptions, the scenery. That all helps me to remember those nights more clearly. A lot of early club nights were often very dark with mad visuals, so more of a cerebral experience. I remember a couple of visits to the DiY crews ‘Bounce’ nights, along with LOST nights and random excursions around the UK to known parties at the time.

What was the best party you have played at?

Could not pick one out. I’m one of these DJs who is not bothered about playing everywhere just to round up gigs and grab the money. I’m happy to always swerve those nights where you feel that the music does not matter. I prefer to play to and for people who want to hear good music, music loving people, I always have the best times and play well at those nights, therefore gigs are carefully selected, because there is nothing worse than playing to a load of people who have no interest or feel for the music, it’s demoralizing and i’d rather stay at home and play records! To all those Londoners that couldn’t care less about the music, you work hard, your entitled to fall about the dancefloor if you wish, but treading on everyone and elbowing your way about the room because you overdone it is no excuse for ruining others downtime. Please try and be more courteous to fellow people, who also work hard and wish to lose themselves in the music, and maybe even close their eyes for a bit, without being taken out! :-)) .. It gets like that a lot nowadays in London, but that being said, there is a great crop of nights springing up around London, alongside some of the more recognizable nights, which have great atmosphere and feeling that i’ve had the pleasure of attending, Kit, Kiss me again, Transition, Beyond the Clouds, Machine, Until My Heart Stops. Also look out for new night ‘Night Moves’ curated by Jane Fitz and Jade Seatle, featuring as first guest somebody who’s music i love and a UK debut, Jenifa Mayanja of Bu-Mako recordings….

I guess some gigs were more memorable from a musical point of view, whether it be deeper, more slower moody House driven sets, or more abstract upbeat Techno sets. It’s all about the contrast for me. The marvelous Freerotation festival last year (where i overheard a freerotator describing it as a ‘House and Techno Utopia’) and Manchester’s ‘up for it underground followers of the top Bohemian Grove’ nights spring to mind as recent memorable gigs…..

What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve just finished a remix for the legendary Aubrey’s new label DOT records. DOT is a subsidiary of his prolific label ‘Solid Grooves’. It features an Aubrey original, along with remixes from Paul Mac and myself. Should be hitting the shops on vinyl 12″ soon via Clone distribution. I’ve a track featuring on Finale Sessions which is part of Balance Music Group, sometime in the near future on vinyl 12″.

I am currently working on my first album, which is going well and great fun. Very happy with it so far, hope to have it wrapped up in the next couple of months.

My record label Atmospheric Existence Recordings has some great new material forthcoming, keep your eyes peeled for that, these will be dropping firstly through Juno.

What motivates you in music?

Quality music from around the world, Feeling, exploring chord & harmony, synthesis, rhythm & sound, people, hard times, good times, environment, expression, struggle, curiosity and above all that need to create something that is memorable and emotive in some way.

What new artists have caught your attention in the last six months?

There is such a huge amount of good music out there, a lot of stuff i have been listening to of late is a world away from electronic music, it’s refreshing and interesting. I have a load of stuff that i need to go through but some of it sounds very promising. Look out for some superb music coming from Nick Dunton (65D Mavericks) and his imprint Surface recordings. Nick’s a great producer, he has some great new releases forthcoming. Also Brad Peterson is back at the helm and has some great stuff forthcoming. I’ll have to take a rain check on the new producer stuff as it’s getting late and i’m bleary eyed!

What music do you listern to in your car and what’s on your iPod?

I don’t own an ipod and my car stereo is broken. So mostly the sound of the heating fan along with engine grooves at the moment. Needs to be sorted asap as the car is a sanctuary for music. The combination of movement, ever changing scenery and great music has given me many enduring memories. Also great to listen to new productions. What do i listen to? All sorts, as one does, although i tend to shy away from mainstream radio ‘playlist’ stations and listen to mixes. Got some killer northern soul mixes that are old favourites along with various mixes from mates.

Whats coming up for you in 2012?

Music wise, i’m excited about this year. Getting my album finished off and out there, some great gigs lined up for the summer, along with some great releases lined up for my label A.E.R.

Thanks for the interview, always nice to be asked. Thanks for taking the time to read this far.

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Wax’d
Friday 9 March 2012
The Horse & Groom, Shoreditch
9pm – 4am
Free before 10pm / £4/5 after

Miles Sagnia (Atmospheric Existence, Ornate Music, A.R.T)
Vilante (Hizou Music)
Andy Richardson (Wax’d)
Nick P Warren (Wax’d)

We return to The Horse and Groom on Friday 9 March with none other than Miles Sagnia, the man behind Atmospheric Existence Recordings, which has recieved great support from the likes of Alton Miller, Patrice Scott, XDB, Kirk Degiorgio, Jus-Ed, Kai ‘KZR’ Alce, Scott Grooves, Levon Vincent and Keith Worthy amongst others.

Miles was recently tagged as ‘One To Watch’ by online magazine Juno Plus, and he continues on his quest to deliver music with thought, depth and integrity, making dancefloors move to his solid selection of heartfelt emotive grooves, mechanised funk and deep selections.

Click attending on the Facebook event page for concessions list.

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Wax’d
Friday 27 January 2012
The Horse & Groom, Shoreditch
9pm – 4am
Free before 10pm / £4/5 after

Flori (secretsundaze, Quintessentials)
Nick P Warren (Wax’d)
Ben Start

After November’s roadblock party with Ethyl, we are returning once again to rock the Horse & Groom to its foundations, this time with his production and DJ partner Flori.

Strategically landing on January payday, we have lined up the perfect recipe to coax you out of your post-Christmas hibernation – stacks of fresh and forgotten vinyl, an intimate venue and a massive soundsystem.

Click ‘attending’ on this page for concessions guestlist. And while you’re at it, check out Flori’s excellent new release on secretsundaze music to get you in the mood:

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Flori

Jamie Mark Edward Taylor, or Flori when the creative mood takes him, enjoys nothing more than listening to, playing and making music that doesn’t make use of a noisy guitar. He’s also not too fond of 808 drum samples. This can get him into trouble when in the company of other house heads but shows his willingness to test the boundaries of his chosen genre – with often unexpected results. Flori’s musical know how – gained through a life on the front line – enables him to translate his soul, jazz and funk influences into forward thinking House music for the new decade.

It’s difficult to sum up in short Flori’s sound but the fact that he enjoys Bluey’s horn arrangements, Kerri’s basslines, Agnes’s beats, the way Kenny uses samples and when Cole’s tracks switch from 2-step to 4/4, should give you a rough idea. In other terms, Flori strives to unfurl a highly organic dance floor experience that can change in the blink of an eye yet retain a cohesiveness that belies his 24 years. With such a vast selection of music at his disposal, Flori is able to juxtapose four to the floor beats both old and new to put his own unique stamp on the genre.

Jamie (this was before the transition) has been a resident at and co-promoter of one of the UK’s most successful modern soul nights Soul Underground for 8 years. It’s a family run night that has provided Jamie with the chance to cut his teeth as a DJ and explore many different musical avenues. With an audience as comfortable on the floor with down-tempo soul and gospel as they are with nu-jazz and house music, Jamie gained a deep understanding of how to move a floor. The success of the party led to a string of bookings and his own internet radio show, The Underground House Sessions which ran live every week for over two years.

Flori’s first release, in tandem with Ethyl has already sent pulses racing. Gaining support from deep and soulful heads alike, the Trimley EP on Freerange represented the first of a host of releases including 12’s on the acclaimed Quintessentials and Detroit imprint House Is The Cure. At present, Flori can usually be found working on music in his cellar or at Ethyl’s house – often flicking through hi-hat samples or drinking gin.

Wax’d
Friday 18 November 2011
The Horse & Groom, Shoreditch
9pm – 4am
Free before 10pm / £4/5 after

Ethyl (Tsuba/Quintessentials/secretsundaze)
Nick P Warren (Wax’d)
Andy Richardson (Wax’d)

Wax’d rolls back into town on Friday 18th November for its biggest party to date, with none other than rising London-based deep house star Ethyl. Armed with stacks of fresh and forgotten vinyl, the Wax’d team will take over the downstairs floor of the Horse & Groom in Shoreditch all night long.

We’re hugely excited to welcome Ethyl to headline the night, fresh from warming up this summer’s epic season of secretsundaze parties and rocking dancefloors across Europe with his unique and hypnotic take on house.

His jam-packed release schedule this year has seen him gain support from DJs across the board, with a personal favourite being the epic, rolling Aybee (Underground Quality / Deepblak) remix of Reflexions, released on Tsuba alongside production partner Huxley.

With a massive new release on upstart label Saints and Sonnets – including a remix from none other than deep house luminary Roman Flugel (Dial) – and an upcoming 12” on secretsundaze music with a remix from Detroit legend Rolando (Underground Resistance), his profile looks set to continue to rocket. But don’t just take our word for it – check him out on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/ethylmusic

We kick off at 9pm and go through to 4am, so come early and stay late.

 

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ETHYL

Hailing from the leafy home counties and connecting with music at a young age, Tim Hopgood AKA Ethyl, displays a musical knowledge and affinity for the groove far beyond his 25 years. Like many of today’s finest, while constantly looking forward, he has one eye placed firmly on the retrospective. First taking to the turntables at the age of 13 and gaining his first residency as soon as the law allowed at 18, Tim has tapped into the mentality of the dance floor, crafting impeccable selections for hypnotic effect. These skills have seen him win slots at the Capital’s underground hotspots, across the UK and at Ibiza’s most prestigious venues before a production had even dropped.

This synergy with the dance floor soon began to find its way from the decks to the studio, when after completing a sound engineering degree, he began to realise his own unique vision of house. Whether on solo excursions or in tandem with pals Flori or Huxley, productions that bear Ethyl’s name are raw joints, both sonically complex and rhythmically commanding. The eclectic approach of Ethyl’s productions are maintained by a deep groove, with nods to early 90s US house & garage and effortless glimmers of Detroit influence.

Sassanids EP, Ethyl’s first production smash, with Huxley, on Cécille Numbers set the bar high and their follow up, The White EP on Tsuba sent the pair chugging rapidly up the house pile. Capping off an explosive production flurry with a release on the revered Freerange imprint, this time behind the desk with Flori, marked 2009/10 as landmark years for him.

Effortlessly leap-frogging the rat run of producers clamouring for labels, Ethyl’s natural affinity with the floor and devotion to sound design already place him among the hottest emergent talent. Now highly in demand from the UK and Europe for his tightly programmed, smoothly mixed sets have already seen him share bills with Ame and join a select group of DJs to have represented at London’s secretsundaze. Achieving so much in such a short space of time has not even dented Ethyl’s hunger, looking to push himself and his talents to the limit so as to share his vision of house with the world.

In the mix

September 13, 2011

Been a while! With our next party just over the horizon (watch this space for some very exciting news very soon), thought it was time to share some new sounds with you. So let’s cut to the chase – here’s a new mix from Wax’d resident Nick P Warren – some deep beats to soundtrack the end of your summer.

Click here to stream/download.

Tracklist:

1. Owen Jay & Melchior Sultana – Distant Dream [Batti Batti]
2. RNDM – Hideaway (Dub) [Laid]
3. Mike Dunn – Deep Lat’n Soul Thoughts [Deep Soul]
4. Wax Fruit – Whispers [Definitive Recordings]
5. Brawther – Gsm’s Life (MLIU Dub) [Balance Alliance]
6. Groovestyle – Love (Underground Mix) [S.O.D. Sound of Detroit]
7. Kerri Chandler – Atmosphere (Track 1) [Shelter Records]
8. Patrice Scott – 3am [Sistrum]
9. Steffi – November [Underground Quality]
10. Teengirl Fantasy – Cheaters (John Talabot’s Classic Vocal Refix) [True Panther Sounds]
11. Jump St. Man – Because [Jump Street Records]